Muscat: “I hope to repeat what I did two years ago,” said Aanvik S, a Class 10 student of Indian School, Muscat describing the journey to the finals of the coveted Times of Oman Inter School Quiz (or TOOISQC).
“Today, however, I found the preliminary round was more challenging. Still, I think my team (including another student Teerth S) answered most of the questions,” said the upbeat contender and a runner up of 2014 juniors contest.
Their team Quizzards is among the many other front-runners, who were tested on Monday as TOO took the challenge to Indian School Muscat, where over 300 students converged to partake in the second preliminary round of the popular quiz contest. The quiz is a flagship event of TOO aimed at spurring the confidence and morale of the expat students studying in various schools across the Sultanate. Monday’s event saw laughs of exhilaration and squeaks of disappointment as over 300 students faced direct and audio-visual posers. The event was led by noted Indian quizmaster Lloyd Saldanha for the second straight day.
The scenes at the auditorium was like any other quiz venue, with students bursting into excitement over questions they found easy or seeking hints from the quiz master about facing a tough poser.
Questions ranged from who’s who, currency, movies, places and inventions to sports and cartoons.
“More than the grownups, I like quizzing youngsters. They’re full of energy and excitement,” quizmaster Saldanha told TOO.
Youngsters Jheel and Noyonila (Class 6 students), who are participating in the event for the first time, hope to stake claim on the Essa bin Mohammed Al Zedjali Rolling Trophy-an iconic award given to the winning team.
“We’re hoping to move ahead from in this round. Today’s was a mix of easy and tough questions though. We’re keeping our fingers crossed,” they said.
About 318 teams, 192 in the junior category and 126 in the senior category participated in the second preliminary round. 45 teams from both categories have been selected for the mega preliminary round being held on April 19.
Teams from 20 schools are participating in the quiz contest.
The top 12 schools will clash in the final on April 21 at the City Amphitheatre.
Indian School Muscat
Team Name Participant 1 Participant 2
TEAM NAME PARTICIPANT 1 PARTICIPANT 2
ISM NEWTONS HARISHANKAR S. PILLAI ADARSH R. NAIR
ISM FAST & CURIOUS NIRANJAN RAMAN FARIS ABDUL NASSAR
ISM LIGHTNING QUIZZERS ADITYA KABRA REUBEN JOSEPH JOHN
ISM BRAINSTERS AYAAN ATIF KHAN GOURAB RAJ SABAT
ISM BRAINBUSTERS SIDDHANT ALVA NAVEEDUR REHMAN
HIT FOR BRAINS (IO) DIVINA SICILY JOSEPH MERIN ROSE MANOJ
ISM-BRAINIAC GANGSTERS VIJAY TANGIRALA DHRUV M. LOTIA
ISM POTTERHEADS REEM DADARKAR FATHIMA AMRA
ISM QUIZMASTERS II MEGANIE VELOSHA FERNANDES HITASHA CHETAN GHEEWALA
ISM QUIZ WIZARDS 2 FARHAN NAYAKWADI JOSHUA JACOB
ISM DYANMIC DUOS VERAL VISHNOI SRIVATHSAN K.
ISM BRAINIACS 1 JOPHY JAMES CALEB B MATHEW
ISM QUIZ EMPRORZ ARITRA SAHA SOURAV VINOD
ISM BRAINTEASERS 1 ANAY SASANE ABHAY RAVEENDRAN
ISM QUIZZERS 1 SIDHARTH SEBASTIAN NAMIT JAGADEESH
ISM QUIOOGLE JEUN JOHNY KSHEERSAGAR S. NAIR
ISM QUIZNAUTS JOSHUA ARMSTRONG MUKUND KRISHNAN
ISM BRAINIACS 2 DEVA NARAYANAN VINOJ P. BHUVAN SHANKAR
ISM KNOWS-IT-ALL PRATHYUSHA ANNAPRAGADA AANIA R. ADAP
ISM FLAMING DRAGONS ADARSH MURALIDHARAN SOHAM RAUT
ISM VICTORS PARAM SHETH NANDINI PARASURAM
ISM ANONYMOUS PRAJIT K.P. ALLON JOSHUA K.
BRAINIAC BOYS ALLAN THIYAGASEELAN SANSKAR DUBEY
SPELLBINDERS CHETAN B.S. SAHIL SARASWAT
ISM REVERSE FLASH A. AATHIL IBRAHIM ROHIT VIJAI
ISM BRAIN MASTERS ALAN THOMAS MATHEW KEVIN BINU
ISM BRAIN FREEZERS AMEEM MOHD. SHA PAVAN SREEEKUMAR
ISM TOPPERS DEVKII GIRISH NAIR SANIYA SUNIL D’SOUZA
ISM THUNDERBOLTS 1 PRITHIKA ROY MAIMOONA AKRAM
Team Name Participant 1 Participant 2
BIG FACT HUNT ARASTU SHAHAIB KHAN ATUL GEORGE THOMAS
IQ OVER 9000 DANNEL JACOB CHETLUR KRISHNA
ELEMENTARY QUIZZARDS HARSHITH SHIVAPRAKASH ADITHYA DINESH
DARING DUO SAGAR SETHU C.V. SRI KAMAL
AGENTS OF Q.U.I.Z. DAVID SAJU PULICKAL KARTHIK JAYARAM
GALACTICOS SNEHANSHN HAZARIK ARYAMAN TEKUR
ISM QUIZZING FIREBALLS KRITHIVAAS VIJAY ALIVA DAS
INGENIUM AMBARISH SHARMA AMEYA MALI
ISM QUIZ WIZARDS DHANVI H. BHARADWAJ ROHIT V.K.B.
QUIZZARDS TEERT S. AANVIK. S
THE TSYUKIYOMIS PRASHANT LUTHRA VEERA ANANDA SANKAR
TEEN QUIZERS ASHWIN M. MOHAMMED O.
BRAINIACS SIDDARTH M. SUNDARAM AKASH SARKAR
WE RULE THE WORLD GAVIN PAIS MELITA RODRIGUES
WILD CARD SAIRAM VENKATACHALAM GAURAV SHANKAR
BRAINS OF WAR NAKUL SURESH TISJY MOHAN